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Rhythm Rocket

for percussion ensemble and play-along audio
Level: Easy
Duration: 1:25-2:00
Personnel: 2+ players
Release Date: 2017
Product ID : TSPCE17-016
Price: $30.00
Item #: TSPCE17-016

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Description

John Willmarth’s Rhythm Rocket is a great piece for beginning percussion performers. It comes with two versions—short and long. Both versions are accompanied by funky and fun play-along tracks that will keep even the squirreliest of children focused! In both versions the performers can customize their own instrumentation with anything that can yield two different sounds (e.g., buckets, music stands, or even stools).

The short version is geared towards elementary school students or first-time performers, and can be played using sticks or hands on drums like tubanos, djembes, or bongos. The long version requires sticks and is a tad more involved. Both versions remain attainable and fun!

Rhythm Rocket comes with a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing an audio recording, play-along audio accompaniment, and PDFs available for printing.

Instrumentation

Short Version

Buckets, practice pads (with rims or two playing zones), or any combination of drums. For that matter, anything that can produce two sounds and be played with sticks may be used (e.g., wooden stools or music stands).

Alternatively, hand drums (e.g., tubanos, djembes, water jugs, etc.) may be used in the short version.

Longer Version

Same as the Short Version, but without the hand drum option.

Reviews

This is a fun, easy piece with a groovy accompaniment track that is sure to capture young students’ attention. John Willmarth offers two versions of the piece: the short version (a minute and a half) is accessible by elementary students and uses only quarter and eighth notes, while the long version (two minutes), for slightly more experienced players, uses elborated but similar material and includes sixteenth notes. Any music teacher can master and instruct this piece, as it contains no advanced rudiments or complicated patterns, and all rhythms are played in unison.

The open instrumentation makes it accessible for music classes of any size and resource level.  e piece can be performed on any instrument (or object, such as a barstool or music stand) with two playing zones, and the short version can even be performed on a hand instrument rather than with sticks. Tapspace provides a disc with PDFs of the parts, reference recordings, and separate accompaniment tracks for both versions.

—Rebecca McDaniel
Percussive Notes
Vol. 53, No. 1, March 2015

Description

John Willmarth’s Rhythm Rocket is a great piece for beginning percussion performers. It comes with two versions—short and long. Both versions are accompanied by funky and fun play-along tracks that will keep even the squirreliest of children focused! In both versions the performers can customize their own instrumentation with anything that can yield two different sounds (e.g., buckets, music stands, or even stools).

The short version is geared towards elementary school students or first-time performers, and can be played using sticks or hands on drums like tubanos, djembes, or bongos. The long version requires sticks and is a tad more involved. Both versions remain attainable and fun!

Rhythm Rocket comes with a full, bound score and includes a CD-ROM containing an audio recording, play-along audio accompaniment, and PDFs available for printing.

Instrumentation

Short Version

Buckets, practice pads (with rims or two playing zones), or any combination of drums. For that matter, anything that can produce two sounds and be played with sticks may be used (e.g., wooden stools or music stands).

Alternatively, hand drums (e.g., tubanos, djembes, water jugs, etc.) may be used in the short version.

Longer Version

Same as the Short Version, but without the hand drum option.

Reviews

This is a fun, easy piece with a groovy accompaniment track that is sure to capture young students’ attention. John Willmarth offers two versions of the piece: the short version (a minute and a half) is accessible by elementary students and uses only quarter and eighth notes, while the long version (two minutes), for slightly more experienced players, uses elborated but similar material and includes sixteenth notes. Any music teacher can master and instruct this piece, as it contains no advanced rudiments or complicated patterns, and all rhythms are played in unison.

The open instrumentation makes it accessible for music classes of any size and resource level.  e piece can be performed on any instrument (or object, such as a barstool or music stand) with two playing zones, and the short version can even be performed on a hand instrument rather than with sticks. Tapspace provides a disc with PDFs of the parts, reference recordings, and separate accompaniment tracks for both versions.

—Rebecca McDaniel
Percussive Notes
Vol. 53, No. 1, March 2015



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